DELHI POLICE CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS INCLUDING YOGENDRA YADAV DIDN’T REFLECT WELL ON UNION GOVERNMENT

“Reserving the liberty to the petitioner, the petition is disposed of considering the fact that all the 83 persons have been released. It is made clear that if any person is still under illegal detention of the local police, he/she be released forthwith.”

– Delhi High Court – Hindustan Times – August 11, 2015

Yes, we can now legally use the term ‘illegal’ for yet another midnight crackdown by the Delhi Police on ‘farmers’ who were protesting at Jantar Mantar and since the Delhi High Court thinks the ‘detention’ was illegal, we can safely say there was no provocation from the protesters’ side.

And since they were, the protesters, led by Yogendra Yadav, who had organized a day earlier a tractor protest at Delhi’s border, protesting peacefully, all we can say the Delhi Police once again acted in haste – and acted wrongly.

Yogendra Yadav and his supporters were arrested around 1 AM but Yadav, along with some protesters, were presented in the High Court only after 4 PM – the inordinate delay that irritated the court, like it did with many others.

Also, Yogendra Yadav’s tweets and photographs of the moment put the Delhi Police in the dock irrespective of whatever is the truth. Public, in Delhi and across the country, saw a manhandled and roughed up Yogendra Yadav in tweeted pictures. Then, the police did not allow Prashant Bhushan, a lawyer, to meet Yogendra Yadav and others while they were in police station.

Irrespective of the debates over intentions of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, irrespective of the intents of the ongoing protest rally – the Delhi Police crackdown was morally, politically and ‘socially’ wrong. When the tractor protest a day was okay, then a Hal Satyagraha (Hal=Ploughshare) a day later should have been no problem for the Delhi Police.

Instead of manhandling and detaining Yogendra Yadav and other protesters (as alleged), the police could have contained them easily at Jantar Mantar if at all they tried to move towards 7RCR – without their leader Yogendra Yadav. After all, they were just some 80 odd protesters.

Being in Delhi, the Delhi Police crushing a peaceful protest didn’t reflect well on the Ministry of Home Affairs, the controlling authority of the Delhi Police, and therefore, on the government of India, the BJP led National Progressive Alliance government.

Narendra Modi should be cautious of such developments and should try to rein in such movements because such developments add to negative public sentiments in a connected society.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

CAN THIS ‘ZAMEENWAPSI’ BE A GOOD BEGINNING?

As expected (and claimed), Rahul Gandhi met a group of farmers before the Sunday rally at the Ramlila Ground.

As expected, he did not make any press appearance.

Instead, Congress came up with a website – http://www.zameenwapsi.com – a day before the mega farmers rally on April 19, that in turn, is a day before the Lok Sabha resumes its Budget Session.

Many in Congress are naming the rally as Rahul’s comeback event but the wise ones are planning it as pro-farmers rally that is intented to launh a series of protests against the land acquisition amendment ordinance.

So, basically it is anti-BJP movement enveloped as ‘Congress’ hands with farmers’ and this website is a reminder of how desperate the Congress party is to reclaim the lost ground.

This ‘desperateness’ is visible in many forms and one is the leadership crisis in the party. Good days are always taken care of but the whole party looks at party’s first family with folded hands during bad days. No one talks of the any other possible leadership that would be natural choice in any other political party.

And this website, with all technicalities, is an extension to that.

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Here, the website begins with Rahul Gandhi (as expected). Sonia Gandhi, naturally, finds the place on the front page at the other edge. The second page is with Rajiv Gandhi. Manmohan Singh finds place on the third page along with Rahul and Sonia. After all, he is the previous prime-minister and it was under his government that the Congress’ land acquisition law was passed. Rahul was again on the fourth page.

Other Congress leaders are absent from the website (as expected). Also absent are Jawahar Lal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shasti and Indira Gandhi. And above all, the site’s frontage misses Mahatma Gandhi though the timeline about land acquisition in India that it talks about dates back to 1894.

Typical measures by the Congress party, very typical to its halfhearted but desperate measures of now!

Hopefully, other leaders including the historical figures find their place as the days pass on, though the site, and overall activity by the Congress party, which aims to lead the political opposition in targetting the BJP led NDA government, has an inherent danger of legitimising Narendra Modi that no one in Congress is, perhaps, thinking about.

Can Congress start to reclaim the lost ground with this ‘return of the land to its rightful owner’ pledge?

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

AS EXPECTED (AND NOT EXPECTED), RAHUL GANDHI IS YET TO MEET ANYONE

As expected (and not expected), Rahul Gandhi is yet to meet anyone.

Reports say he is to meet some farmers next morning in the run up to the rally on Sunday. The farmers rally is a big thing for farmers and whether the party sees it as Rahul’s comeback event or not and the way ahead for the party depends on it.

So, the party is going full-throttle about it. Major Congress leaders and state satraps have taken the responsibility of arranging the crowd for the iconic Ramlila Ground, the epicenter of many historic rallies and movements.

So, Rahul is expected to meet the farmers tomorrow to reiterate them ‘Congress Ke Haath, Sabke Saath’ (Congress’ hands believe in taking everyone together.

And it the changed circumstances or the circumstances created after Rahul’s sabbatical or leave of absence (or absence, the way you want to put it) have made it like a ‘Rahul’s comeback event’, even if the whole machinery of Congress including its President Sonia Gandhi is looking ahead to make it a grand success.

Yes, like a mother, Sonia was there, yesterday and today, to greet and meet on Rahul’s comeback, and the day after. Priyanka Gandhi was also there yesterday.

Meanwhile, Rahul’s ‘leave of absence’ and his comeback continue to make for news elements. Even if the establishment was well aware of his whereabouts, his stay during the days of absence, his ‘reasons’ behind the absence, Congress’ leadership issue and old versus new guard would make for newsies in the days to come.

Rahul Gandhi is protected by the Special Protection Group (SPG) which is under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Also, he was out of India, using his passport, a service area under the Ministry of External Affairs. And as there is strong PMO (the Prime Minister’s office) this time, it would well be taking updates from the same. And a person like Rahul Gandhi cannot disappear like this, if the government and the top political leadership don’t want to.

Yes, it is a different matter if they (from the ruling party) don’t choose to tell us about him. After all, they are political rivals of the Congress party and have come to the power by defeating (a humiliating defeat) the later.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/